In general, western sports and oriental martial arts are considered to be completely different. Martial arts are like thoughts that involve physical practice, as opposed to sports that are rationally and enjoyably performed in order to achieve the purpose, and their training and improvement approach both body and mind. Is equal to that. For the time being, even if you remove the stereotypical contrast between the East and the West, which is too simple, it seems to be easy to hear, and it is a story that you can not understand in words. It’s only natural that it’s a story of a world that can’t be understood by words alone. However, we can use Kyudo as an example to show the world in verbalization.
Let’s grasp the world in language by the records and results of choosing Japan as a test case for a deeper understanding of mystical ideas in the West and trying to learn Kyudo deeply. At the beginning, the teaching that even if you try to consciously aim at the target by simply trying to be “successful”, that consciousness is an obstacle to Kyudo. However, trying to grasp the teaching in language, that is, in theory, is a contradiction, and the mind of becoming selfless becomes an ego and hinders the way. Such a paradox is drawn somehow humorously, and it has an outstanding readability as a document of a typical “internal” East-West dialogue of an era.
However, what is really interesting is that he, who has mastered the “way” to the extent that his teacher recognizes it through such struggles, explains the way again in language to the limit, even for readers who are unrelated to that way. It seems that he is preaching the world of archery and martial arts and their philosophy so that they will be recognized by a wide range of people. Moreover, at this point, the contrast between Western logos and oriental roads seems to become more suspicious than the scholar’s intention. Although the scholar can be is an excellent Western philosopher, if he did not master the martial arts of the East beyond the gap, but because he had a high verbalization ability as a Western philosopher in the first place, he was so quick and selfless. He is able to learn the state of affairs.
Say at least in modern Japan, in the prewar era, no matter where in Japanese history, there was a minority of people who could grasp the state of Japanese and oriental essence more than the contemporary western scholars. Here we not only have a story that praises the idea of simple oriental irrationality and intuition, but also as a record of a certain internal dialogue beyond that and a presentation of the result, beyond the stereotype that is widely disseminated. Seems to be required to learn.
Personally, it seems that such “verbalization of the non-verbal world” also suggests the danger if the “way” to the very non-verbal enlightenment falls. A world of intuition that abandons ownership and grasp of the world by language. Many people tried to find a way to overcome the blockage of modern Western civilization in such things. Or rather, there are still many. It may be said that not only martial arts and arts as traditional culture, but also New Age and some postmodern ideas were found by such demands.
However, the setting of a profound world that transcends the world of language and thought can also lead to a gurismic delusion of the teacher who educates it and the system of the way itself. The sentence in the commentary that the great teacher, Kenzo Awa, tried to create a new religion-like archery called “Great Shooting Taoism” in his later years and received strong opposition from student students passed by as a strong sub-episode. It doesn’t look like a good story. If there is a blockage in linguistic logos and modern civilization, is there a gap in the oriental thought that is sometimes brought up uncritically in opposition to it? When do you fall into a system of stop thinking and rigidity … The cultural theory that Zen is the basis of all Japanese culture and patriotism, such as Bushido Hanado Tea Ceremony, is interesting, but we read it as it is. It’s tough, but there are many parts that we haven’t read yet…